Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mini Review: Zombiestan by Mainak Dhat



Zombiestan - Mainak Dhar

Synopsis (From Amazon): 

It began with stories of undead Taliban rampaging through Afghan villages, and faster than anyone could have anticipated; the darkness spreads through the world.

In a world laid waste by this new terror, four unlikely companions have been thrown together- a seventeen year old boy dealing with the loss of his family, a US Navy SEAL trying to get back home, an aging, lonely writer with nobody to live for, and a young girl trying to keep her three year old brother safe.

When they discover that the smallest amongst them holds the key to removing the scourge that threatens to destroy their world, they begin an epic journey to a rumoured safe zone high in the Himalayas. A journey that will pit them against their own worst fears and the most terrible dangers- both human and undead.

A journey through a wasteland now known as Zombiestan.


Mini-Review:  A friend recommended this book to me, and since I wrote briefly about a zombie outbreak in Afghanistan in Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, I figured I should read it.  I was not disappointed.  The plot was one we've seen before:  world is overrun by zombies, but one child may hold the cure so we must get him to safety.  However, I was impressed by the realism of how people handled the situations, from tactics I could actually agree with the usual human stupidity I would expect in a world gone mad.  I also enjoyed the (for me) exotic locations:  Pakistan, Delhi, northern India.  I felt for the characters, especially the Navy SEAL.  (Sentimental me teared up when he did the heroic last stand to buy the others time, and afterward, a general (also a SEAL) promised to search for him.  "We don't leave our own behind.")  I will warn you, though:  if you hate head-hopping, then this book might make you dizzy.  Personally, I had no problem with it and thought it kept the pace fast.

Definitely a fun read for zombie fans.

Get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/ZOMBIESTAN-Mainak-Dhar/dp/098724003X

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